Beginning this Spring (2020), 10 Northeast Ohio High Schools will compete in the newly formed Northern Ohio Lacrosse League (NOLL). The following schools will be participating in the NOLL: Avon High School, Avon Lake High School, Bay High School, Berea-Midpark High School (boys lacrosse only), Brunswick High School, Mentor High School, Olmsted Falls High School, Rocky River High School, Strongsville High School, and Westlake High School.
The league was first proposed by Avon High School Athletic Director Erich Frombach, before the 2019 season with the goal of starting league play in 2020.
Frombach, Brunswick Athletic Director John Justice, Olmsted Falls Athletic Director Rob Coxon, and Westlake Athletic Director Tony Cipollone met in early June to finalize a proposal for a schedule in 2020. All 10 schools committed and the league will begin play in March of 2020. Each school will play each other once during the regular season in both boys and girls lacrosse (Berea-Midpark only in boys lacrosse). The league is still considering adding a 10th girls team in 2021.
Westlake Athletic Director Tony Cipollone said, “With the popularity of lacrosse, this was the perfect time to establish a league and establish nights when our fans and student body know a league lacrosse game will be taking place. The formation of this league allows our athletes to compete for a league title, which is something they have not been able to do in my 10 years at Westlake. It also is flexible enough for us to schedule teams from out of the immediate area that may be in our region. Our coaches were really excited about the prospects of this happening and now it is a reality!”
Southwestern Conference (SWC) members Avon, Avon Lake, Berea-Midpark, Olmsted Falls, and Westlake and Great Lakes Conference (GLC) members Bay and Rocky River do not have lacrosse as a sanctioned sport in their respective conferences currently. Greater Cleveland Conference (GCC) members Brunswick, Mentor, and Strongsville, will still compete in the GCC in lacrosse which does sanction lacrosse in league play.
Brunswick Athletic Director John Justice said, “This is a great opportunity for all of the schools involved. Most of us were already playing each other in non conference play and this was a great opportunity to organize those games. It’s a great set-up for us because we typically play one GCC game and one NOLL game during the week, and then we still have the opportunity to pick up some other non conference games on the weekends.”
The league will award a team champion, all conference team, player of the year, and coach of the year at the conclusion of the season for both boys and girls.